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paragliding off Mount Kilimanjaro
Adventure and Sport, Destinations, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

Paragliding Kili

For the more adventurous (or crazy – subject on how you look at it), climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is only the first step, before you throw yourself off it… I mean paraglide off it.

leopard peering into the camera with technology icon overlay
Destinations, Kruger, Opinion Editorial, South Africa, Wildlife

Kruger: Is this the technological future?

Presently, we are able to instantly globally share everything we see and hear in Kruger and just about every other destination on earth. Animal sightings and locations are given in real time and we are able to send photos and videos across a host of social media platforms.

Multimedia, News, Poaching, Videos, Wildlife

North Korea accused of rhino horn and ivory smuggling

According to a report, North Korean diplomats are involved in state-sanctioned rhino horn and ivory smuggling.

News, Wildlife

Social media used to sell big cats in UAE despite law

Cheetah cubs continue to be sold on the UAE black market via social media accounts operated by five key dealers, helping fuel a thriving trade in illegal exotic pets.

Animal Encounters, Destinations, South Luangwa, Wildlife, Zambia

A spotted hyena rescue mission

In the South Luangwa National Park, the Zambia Carnivore Program (ZCP) works relentlessly to protect the wildlife in the area, which is why they were the first people that Robin Pope Safaris’ Nsefu Team called when they noticed a spotted hyena in serious distress. She had a huge wound on her neck and was in need of a helping hand.

Animal Encounters, News, Poaching, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Rhino horn smuggler jailed + chimp surgery success

In this week’s news wrap a Chinese rhino horn smuggler has been jailed for four years; South African veterinarians surgically lengthen the misaligned jaw of an adult male chimpanzee; 66 giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China; and cheetah cubs continue to be sold on the UAE exotic pet black market via social media accounts.

Animal Encounters, Multimedia, News, Videos, Wildlife

Video: Adorable sand cat kittens spotted for first time in wild

On a recent expedition to Morocco, Grégory Breton, director of Panthera France, captured stunning (and viral!) videos and photos believed to be the first-ever sighting of wild sand cat kittens in their African range.

Birds, Destinations, South Luangwa, Wildlife, Zambia

Flight of the bumble bee-eaters

With their brilliant magenta plumage and accents of coral, turquoise and black, carmine bee-eaters are truly a sight to behold, turning even those least inclined into avian enthusiasts.

Maasai warriors and their cattle © Stephanie Fuchs
Culture, Destinations, Multimedia, People, Tanzania, Videos

Video: Protecting Maasai cattle

The importance of the Maasai’s livestock is mirrored in the way their homestead is constructed, with the cattle enclosure positioned in the centre of it.

Conservation, People, Wildlife

Please HELP: Funds needed for my rhino research

Recent rhino research has focused on anti-poaching, dehorning and horn treatments as deterrents, with less interest paid to improving long-term management of these shrinking populations. The study I am working on aims to analyse behavioural, demographic and genetic patterns to compile a ‘Genetic Metapopulation Management Plan’.

© ZURI Orphanage
Animal Encounters, Conservation, Destinations, Namibia, Wildlife

Magical sighting: Porcupine family with babies

A magical sighting of two adult porcupines with their two babies at ZURI Orphanage in northern Namibia.

News, Wildlife

66 Giraffes join thousands of other animals exported to China

Sixty-six giraffes arrived in central China’s Henan Province in the early hours of Sunday, on a chartered flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to local sources.

Southern ground-hornbill with twig snake in Kruger National Park © Samuel Cox
Birds, Destinations, Kruger, Multimedia, Photography, South Africa, Wildlife

Special sighting: Ground-hornbill versus snake

It was a weekend trip through the south of Kruger with friends and we had been lucky to see Big 5 on both days, but there’s always a rush of excitement when something crosses our path – like a southern ground-hornbill taking on a snake.

Animal Encounters, Multimedia, Videos, Wildlife

Getting to the trunk of It

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating appendages, on an elephant is its trunk. Rather like a combination of a nose and an upper lip, an elephant’s trunk is its lifeline. It would find it very difficult to survive without one.

News, People, Wildlife

NEWS WRAP: Hippo deaths + donkey population crisis

In this week’s news wrap we have an anthrax outbreak in northeast Namibia where hippos and buffaloes are dying; NGO African Parks expands its conservation management in Chad; the world’s donkey population is in crisis due to China’s increased demands; and two elephants die – one from a suspected lightning strike, and the other shot by Kenyan authorities.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning
News, Wildlife

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Comfortable accommodation while on safari in Africa
Budget Travel, Safari in Style, Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari tips: Understanding accommodation types

When it comes to going on a safari in Africa, you will soon discover that the selection of accommodation options is vast. From straw huts and mobile camps, to ultra-luxury hotels and lodges, your choice of where you’ll unload your bags will be influenced mainly by your needs and budget.

Benny the elephant © Water for Elephants Trust
Animal Encounters, Botswana, Destinations, Wildlife

Benny the elephant and Mike – a touching African story

When the dry season sets in and water is scarce, barriers blur and relationships are forged out of necessity. One such relationship is that of Benny the elephant and Mike the human.

Giant elephant Little Male Amboseli Kenya © Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Conservation, News, Wildlife

Giant Kenyan elephant killed by authorities on suspicion of killing farmer

One of the last big elephant bulls in Africa was shot and killed by the authorities because it was suspected he had killed a farmer.

Maasai cattle grazing © Stephanie Fuchs
Culture, Destinations, Opinion Editorial, People, Tanzania, Wildlife

Opinion: Are Maasai cattle to blame for overgrazing in Tanzania?

Living with the Maasai has taught me that conservation is not only about animals but is just as much about us humans; that to preserve any one place we have to be mindful of the local communities that live within it and try to understand the way they view the world to be able to work alongside them to protect mother nature.

Birds, Destinations, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Wildlife

Living with inquisitive barn owls

Living in nature offers so many wonders each and every day, and a nest of inquisitive barn owls in our lodge reminded us just how lucky we are to be able to do what we do!